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Widely advertised compilations such as this double-disc rarely make it onto Elsewhere because I figure you know about them anyway.
But I'm making an exception with this one because over 51 tracks you not only get some of the classics of Stax soul which should be in any serious record collection (signature songs by Otis, Carla Thomas, Sam and...
In the days after Hurricane Katrina it was believed that this great New Orleans r'n'b singer had been washed away.
Fortunately he had been rescued although his home, like much of that wonderful city, had suffered extreme damage.
The interesting thing about the rumours of his death was the sudden recognition of his talent in the wider...
Quite why and how this 2004 album has turned up only now is a mystery to me, but here it. Better late than . . .
This old journeyman r'n'b singer co-wrote eight songs with Bob Marley in early '68 (a few appear on the Soul Almighty collection) and Marley recorded a number of his originals, and Norman apparently wrote some lyrics for the Irma...
Another year and another Van album on yet another label . . .
And with the reissue of his earlier albums drawing attention to great work like It's Too Late to Stop Now (read about it in Essential Elsewhere) it would hardly be surprising if this one was ignored by even longtime followers, many of whom might be picking up the remastered...
Queenie Lyons was one of the many soul singers from the late 60s/early 70s whose career was as short as it was impressive: one album, this one, and gone.
The little that is known about her is this: she came out of Louisiana on the chitlin' circuit, sang with King Curtis' band, and opened for the likes of Jackie Wilson, Fats Domino and James...
The reissue label Vampi appeared on Elsewhere previously with the Mary "Queenie" Lyons and Quinteplus albums from the cusp of the 70s -- and this r'n'b soul-funk singer from New Orleans comes from the same kind of obscurity to those outside an inner circle.
According to the extensive liner notes on this 28 track collection of Bo...
The good Doctor's voice can be an acquired taste and there is no doubt he lost many loyalists when he went schmaltzy and kinda boring in the late 80s/early 90s. It was almost as if he had run his course when he started doing live albums and standards.Now of course this son of New Orleans has plenty to write about post-Katrina, and this album...
Wordsworth, more fool him, peaked early. The first edition of his groundbreaking Lyrical Ballads collection with fellow poet Coleridge was published in 1798 when he was 28. In the following decades (notably his revised editions) it was mostly downhill.
Sure, he wrote some later stuff worth studying in late-degree Eng. Lit classes, but the...
If you could distil the history of New Orleans down to a few litres of blood,
they'd probably be pumping around John Boutte's body. Listen to this.
"The European side of my family has been here since 1760. There were two
brothers Boutte, Pierre and Hillary, who was an architect who built what is now
the oldest theatre in New...
New Orleans may have been the birthplace of jazz and home to funky pianists (Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, Dr John), but in the 90s a new form of hip-hop (called bounce) came from the streets and incorporated punchy rhythms and second-line bass parts which drew from NO funeral marches.
The bruising bounce movement -- the soundtrack to...
The Dr John of today -- 71 in November -- is in many ways a very different musician to the one which emerged in the late Sixties, and that's probably a good thing.
If he'd kept on styling himself as Dr John the Night Tripper and come on with his shaking stick, voodoo beads and crazy capes (in the manner of Screamin Jay Hawkins) he would have...
The celebrity-guest collections and
R'N'B Orchestra discs from Jools Holland have often been tasty but a
few not entirely successful. This sometimes breathless rush of
boogie-woogie piano, big brass and handclap gospel-blues comes off a
winner from the opener, a thumping and exciting duet with New Orleans
piano legend Allen Toussaint and...
As I write this, large areas of
Louisiana have been under water this past week as the Mississippi
rose and authorities opened floodgates so as not put pressure on the
levees further down, notably around Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
And in nearly every report of the
events – caused by melting ice and run-off way up north – one...
There are dozens of places you can start on a discovery of the genius of New Orleans' legendary pianist/arranger and songwriter Professor Longhair, the man Allen Toussaint called "the Bach of Rock".
Dr John said Longhair "put the funk into music, he's the father of the stuff" and producer Jerry Wexler acclaimed him as...
In music, titles are bestowed by The People rather than being handed down from above -- and they are so singular and specific that there can only be pretenders but no replacement figures. So there is only one King of Rock'n'Roll and that's Elvis, only one Queen of Soul and that will always be Aretha, and only James Brown will ever be considered...
Anyone coming Johnny Rogan's thorough and sometimes exhaustive biography of Van Morrison, No Surrender, to find out why Morrison is such a curmudgeon will learn soon enough: it seems he has always been a grumpy, sullen and, when young, an occasionally violently surly character.
As a child he had lamentable social skills...
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